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Canada travel stories, activity reviews and destination recommendations


The second largest country in the world is almost impossible to do justice in a few paragraphs. It’s a place of astonishing diversity and more than a few quirks. This site’s coverage of Canada doesn’t pretend to be comprehensive, but the free city guides to Vancouver and Montreal are a great place to start.

Specific activities covered include cycling in Stanley Park, kayaking on Indian Arm and exploring the seedier side of Vancouver. The links below will take you to all the Canada coverage on the site.

 



Montreal: Canada’s unlikely surfing hotspot

Montreal: Canada’s unlikely surfing hotspot

David Whitley July 2, 2015 Comments Off on Montreal: Canada’s unlikely surfing hotspot

Despite being hundreds of miles inland, Montreal has a hardy band of surfers. David Whitley went to join them.   Paddling out, it quickly becomes clear that this is no normal morning surf. For

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The world’s greatest commutes

The world’s greatest commutes

David Whitley June 28, 2015 Comments Off on The world’s greatest commutes

For most of us, the commute into work involves a miserable crush in a crowded train carriage, face into an obese man’s armpit, knees thwacking into umbrellas and eyebrows dicing with paper cuts from

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10 great cities for outdoorsy people

10 great cities for outdoorsy people

David Whitley May 28, 2015 Comments Off on 10 great cities for outdoorsy people

For many, exploring a big city is all about the culture and food scene – after all, why go to a city if you’re wanting rural pursuits? But there are some cities that offer

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Best weekend break destinations for Americans

Best weekend break destinations for Americans

David Whitley May 9, 2015 Comments Off on Best weekend break destinations for Americans

Six brilliant long weekend options for American travellers, whether it’s education in Washington DC, music in Austin or beaches in Puerto Rico.   Destination: Austin, Texas Go for: Live music, bar-hopping and barbecues with

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Free city guide: Québec City, Canada

Free city guide: Québec City, Canada

David Whitley May 1, 2015 Comments Off on Free city guide: Québec City, Canada

The highly historic, fortified capital of Québec is billed as the most French city in North America – but it has a distinctive character of its own.   Why Québec City? After a while,

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Working holidays: Why do them, and how to go about it?

Working holidays: Why do them, and how to go about it?

David Whitley April 9, 2015 Comments Off on Working holidays: Why do them, and how to go about it?

Every year, tens of thousands of young Brits go on working holidays abroad. But what are the benefits? Observing an Australian hostel in the morning is a curious window into a different world. A

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How Toronto went crazy for home-made sodas

How Toronto went crazy for home-made sodas

David Whitley April 6, 2015 Comments Off on How Toronto went crazy for home-made sodas

In Toronto, David Whitley discovers a surprising drinks trend…   Walking past the previous evening, The Federal seemed to be the embodiment of its newly-cool stretch of Toronto’s gargantuan Dundas Street West. Tables ballooned

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Hotel review: Skwachays Lodge, Vancouver

Hotel review: Skwachays Lodge, Vancouver

David Whitley April 2, 2015 Comments Off on Hotel review: Skwachays Lodge, Vancouver

A new indigenous-designed lodge gives David Whitley a cultural stay in Vancouver.   THE LOCATION Sandwiched between Vancouver’s Chinatown and the historic Gastown quarter of the city, yet not quite in either, the surroundings

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Free city guide: Montreal, Canada

Free city guide: Montreal, Canada

David Whitley March 11, 2015 Comments Off on Free city guide: Montreal, Canada

Amazing sandwiches, circus mania and a merrily bilingual culture are just some of the reasons for visiting Canada’s most exciting city.   Why Montreal? Few cities know how to do a summer weekend as

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Urban travel: What makes a city ‘cool’?

Urban travel: What makes a city ‘cool’?

David Whitley March 3, 2015 Comments Off on Urban travel: What makes a city ‘cool’?

David Whitley tries to sift through all the hype to see what gives a city that genuine cool factor.   Travel magazines and newspapers like “cool”. Or “hip”. Preferably “cool” and “hip”. They’re always

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